Ballard School Becomes First School to Host England National Futsal Trials

5th February 2018

Ballard School has become the first location in the country to host England’s U16 and U18 Futsal Trials Aside from the National English Futsal Headquarters in St George’s Park. Futsal is an increasingly popular indoor sport, similar to Football, performed on a hard court and with a smaller ball. Run in the multi-purpose Sportshall at Ballard School, the national trials were open to students and young people.
Situated in New Milton, Hampshire Ballard School has a reputation for nurturing sporting excellence and encouraging students the take up new sports. Providing an opportunity for students to take up a new challenge, Futsal is played between teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Due to its difference in the surface, ball and rules, Futsal creates an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique; qualities which Ballard School seeks to develop amongst its students.
Two Ballard School students (Thomas Hayward-Cox and Louie Taylor) participated in the national Futsal trials. Aiming to win a spot on the team, they performed remarkably well and proudly represented the school. Following the success of the trials, Ballard School is discussing plans for the development of the sport to encourage more children and young adults to take up the unusual and challenging game. Ballard will be running a dedicated Level 2 Futsal Coaching Course this February half term (Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th) alongside their Sporting Excellent Clinics (Thursday 15th – Friday 16th).
Alastair Reid, Ballard School Headmaster, said:

“We’re thrilled to be the first ever school to host U16 and U18 National Futsal trails. It was a great honour to welcome talented young people and see some of our own students participate. My congratulations to students Thomas and Louie who represented Ballard and made us all proud.”

Justin Whitbread, Director of Sport adds:

“Futsal is a growing sport in England and we want to encourage more youngsters to take up this activity. We are hoping that in a few years we’ll create a real Futsal hub in the South of England and promote this sport amongst our students.”